Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I completed an MA in German Literature at the University of Washington in 2001, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. My research interests mainly reside in the field of sociolinguistics: perceptual dialectology, pluricentric languages (with a focus on Austrian German), language standardization and codification, and language variation. In addition to teaching, I enjoy exploring new venues of instructional technology (especially Web 2.0-based), exercising, home brewing, hiking (Ithaca is a dream-come-true for avid hikers!), practicing Anusara yoga, and writing plays (a collection of which I have made available on this site, for your amusement) that thematize language. My favorite dog is the dachshund ('der Dackel').
Some of the Courses I've Taught at Ithaca College
German 350: Contemporary German-Language Film
German 327: German Conversation and Stylistics
German 303: German Civilization
German 316: Modern German Drama: Controversial Plays of the 20th Century
Linguistics 275: Introduction to Sociolinguistic Inquiry & Methods
Linguistics 232: Introduction to Linguistics
Anthropology 290: Sociocultural Linguistics
Ithaca College First Year Seminar: Critical Thought and Expression Across the Curriculum
Ithaca College Honors Seminar: Ithaca Cultural Encounters
The German Language in Austria and South Tirol. LINCOM Europa Academic Publishing.
Textures: pour approfondir la communication orale et étrite (Textures: Developing Oral and Written Communication).
Something to Talk About: Learning English through Text, Technology, Conversation, and Play.
See CV for List of Publications and Presentations